C&D Zodiac Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
73 Reviews
2.7
73 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • People are leaving a few every month to go work for the old owner of C&D, I say good bye (in 6 reviews)

  • A great place if you're a recent grad (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management is typically promoted based on who they know, not what they know (in 8 reviews)

  • cliquish, low pay, no advancement, nepotism and plagiarism (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people, extremely unorganized

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    Current Employee - Director of Supply Chain in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Supply Chain in Huntington Beach, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people by far are the glue to this company. From the old C&D Aerospace days, the people are the heart and soul of the entire culture.

    Cons

    Upper management at the VP level. It is a good ol' boys club led by a bunch of people who provide no direction and don't actually lead their teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. But this time, clean from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Stockroom Clerk Expeditor

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    Former Employee - Stockroom in Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - Stockroom in Santa Maria, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of Hours. Great People

    Cons

    Leadership. Pay. Disorganized. Not looking after their employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Design Engineer

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Maria, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice job, very interesting hands-on projects
    Small environment so you get to interact with various engineering teams

    Cons

    Non-competitive pay, no relocation coverage

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Work hours are looong...10+ hours a day...Team is not really a team.

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    Current Employee - Assembler in La Palma, CA
    Current Employee - Assembler in La Palma, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Limited benefits, overtime, new experiences

    Cons

    long hours, mostly standing, culture team, everyone mainly works super ultra slow and pretends to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fun but the ship is sinking.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Maria, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Maria, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Varied workload, co workers are great

    Cons

    Zero employee morale. Zero employee retention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    C&D Zodiac

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. CATIA experience is valuable. FAA regulations are thorough, good practice for an engineer. Fun team building activities. If you went to CMU, UCSB, UCLA, you'll be hired on the spot, get a couple years experience as an engineer on your resume, and start applying elsewhere.

    Cons

    This company was sold in 2005 and has been in autopilot ever since. The upper management are riding out their careers until retirement, and all other positions are being standardized for ease of employee training and replacement. The new owners have profit goals which don't take into account the current marketplace/workplace. Profits are kept high by reducing costs, including freezing employee salary. This results in high turnover. Employees hired after 2005 rarely stay longer than 1-5 years. The older employees are stuck, but when they finally retire there will be no one to train the new hires. Zodiac will attempt to move all non-executive positions overseas before this happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some of Zodiac's profit to invest back into the company. Higher pay would increase retention. More employees would result in deadlines met, and more time spent on opportunities for improvement. Promotion based on friendship over achievement is bad for moral. Reward overtime. Allow more position change requests. Get more involved with the programs. More accurate bonus assessment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed feeling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    ZEO and Design full of new graduates.
    Good to earn experience for young people.
    Software are up to date: CATIA v5, AutoCAD...

    Cons

    Salary are low and increases do not happen often.
    Hourly wage is low but extra hours are high for hourly employee.
    Lack of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire when needed, do not exert your own employee for a meager salary of they will leave
    Further communication between departments is needed

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Intense, unrelenting pressure results in long hours, cut corners, and inadequate design quality.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    "Hero" employees with sense of ownership can accomplish incredible amounts of work. Can do attitude exists. Organization is expert at fire fighting and extremely agile.

    Cons

    Reliance on personality over process. Lacking subject matter experts to mentor and train junior staff. Management places schedule over product design quality. Designs regularly released with virtually no actual review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the long term it is better to lead with a carrot than with a stick. Repeating the same behavior produces the same results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I learned a lot in Aircraft Interiors for Business/Regional Jets

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast, Flexible and Friendly. Quality and on-time delivery

    Cons

    None, same as other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good startup company to work with for freshers
    - Company allows us to make mistakes and learn from it
    - Family based work environment

    Cons

    - Less salary compared to smiliar companies around
    - Poor orgranization structure creates less chances promotions
    - Poor personal development guidance
    - Company benifits are OK
    - Lack of guidance from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Establish frequent one to one conversion with employee and help him/her with directing with their personal development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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